A cruise of the Galapagos Islands allows you to explore a corner of the world so unique you’ll feel like you’ve left the planet completely. A Galapagos cruise promises to be the experience of a lifetime.
Setting sail from Baltra Island, off the coast of Ecuador on the stunning Celebrity Flora, exploring this untapped part of the world will be a seamless luxury experience. Flora is a cruise ship like no other. Hosting only 100 guests, this luxurious ship boasts all suites staterooms with floor to ceiling windows and water facing king size beds. Michelin star chefs serve up delicious meals in intimate restaurants, bars feature stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, and a glorious sunset lounge deck where you can kick back in the hot tub after a day exploring the islands with a glass of champagne as you watch the sun set over the equator.
A cruise of the Galapagos Islands is a fantastic opportunity to see and learn about the bountiful wildlife that surrounds you. Most days consist of both a morning and an afternoon excursion, all accompanied by naturalists who will give you all the information you could want to know about the environment around you. Snorkelling, hiking, kayaking and coastal excursions are just some of the activities open to you. You’ll get the opportunity to see some fantastic wildlife including sea lions, giant tortoises, humpback whales, marine iguanas and more. The Galapagos Islands is also a haven for keen birdwatchers as a huge variety of birds call the islands home.
Return flights from Dublin to Quito, Ecuador
Internal flights from Quito to Baltra
Transfers from airport to hotel and airport to ship
1 checked bag per person roundtrip
Includes: Full day guided tour of Quito
Quito afternoon shopping tour to local craft market, time permitting
Includes Classic Drink Package, Gratuities, and an unlimited Basic Wi-Fi Package
Sky Suite features and cruise services and amenities listed below
Based on 2 adults sharing
Travelling January 2024
Your Cruise Adventure
Transfer to Baltra Islands & Daphne Manor
Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez (Espanola Island)
Cormorant Point & Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
Moreno Point & Urvina Bay (Isabela Island)
Espinoza Point (Fernandina Island) & Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)
South Plaza & Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
Day 1 Transfer to Baltra Islands & Daphne Manor
Fly from Quito in Ecuador to Baltra Islands, from where you will board the luxurious Celebrity Flora. Your bags will arrive at your suite ahead of you so kick back and relax as you sail to Daphne Manor. Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies. The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and tropical birds which can be observed during the circumnavigation of the island.
Day 2 Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez (Espanola Island)
The beach at Gardner Bay, with its sparkling white sand, offers one of the best places to relax and swim in the Galapagos. It's home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions in the archipelago, and is also a nesting site for sea turtles. Three species of Darwin’s finches and Española mockingbirds may also be seen here. Española is the oldest island in the Galapagos and home to an abundance of wildlife. At Suarez Point, be greeted by a colony of sea lions upon arrival. This area is also home to nearly the entire world population of Waved Albatross—though they're graceful in the air, their clumsy behavior on land is a sight to see. A cliffside hike leads to a natural lava fissure that spews water like a towering geyser.
Day 3 Cormorant Point & Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
Floreana was the first capital of the Galapagos, and where Charles Darwin met the islands' Governor. It's small brackish lagoon is often home to flamingos, stilts, and white-cheeked pintail ducks, and one of its beaches is a highly used nesting site for sea turtles. Check out the green-hued sand where you land. Rich in history, this site is home to the post office barrel established in about 1793, where pirates, buccaneers, whalers, and others could leave their mail to be picked up by outbound ships. The tradition continues today, as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.
Day 4 Moreno Point & Urvina Bay (Isabela Island)
Along this beautiful rocky shore, a field of hardened black lava flows is pockmarked by shallow pools, which are home to shorebirds and flamingos. The mangrove-lined shore also provides a chance to see marine iguanas, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, penguins, and the flightless cormorant. Composed of five coalesced volcanoes, Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos and the most recently active, the latest eruption having occurred in 2015. Here we will see large land iguanas, finches, and if lucky, a giant tortoise or two. In 1954, the intrusion of magma below one of the island’s volcanoes caused part of the bay to be uplifted some 6 meters, and today we can walk through the remains of what was once a thriving underwater reef.
Day 5 Espinoza Point (Fernandina Island) & Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)
Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos and, as Darwin wrote, it is “covered with immense deluges of black naked lava”. Along with its extraordinary black lava rocks, this point of land hosts the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Archipelago, along with sea lions and a nesting site for flightless cormorants. Then, we're back to Isabela Island to Vicente Roca Point, where you'll find the half-collapsed remains of an ancient volcano, which makes for a spectacular setting at this site. Awe-inspiring cliffs, blue waters, and wildlife create a zodiac ride to remember as we search for sea turtles, penguins, fur seals, the flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, marine mammals, and the oddly shaped form of the elusive sunfish.
Day 6 South Plaza & Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)
A small uplifted island just off the northeast coast of Santa Cruz. The island's low-lying landscape is covered with colourful saltbush, scrub, and giant prickly pear cactus. A subspecies of land iguana is found on the island in plentiful abundance and sometimes can be seen munching on the cactus. The southern cliffs are steep and rocky, and home to numerous seabirds as well as a bachelor colony of sea lions. Looking down into the clear blue waters, schools of surgeonfish swim by as birds shoot in and out of the holes in the cliff. A short hike and Zodiac ride provide ample opportunity to observe the beauty and wildlife of the island.
Dragon Hill, or "Cerro Dragon" is named after its population of land iguanas. The site offers a beautiful view of the landscape and two small brackish lagoons where flamingos and other shore birds occasionally feed. Along the trail, we'll cross a beautiful "white forest" of Palo Santo (incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Excursion options include a high-intensity hike with swimming/snorkeling at the beach, high-intensity snorkeling from a zodiac followed by a short walk and a low-intensity Zodiac ride along the coastline with optional dry landing for animal observation.
Day 7 Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
This is the main population centre of the islands, and home to the National Park Service tortoise-breeding centre and the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will be able to visit the tortoise-breeding centre and walk through the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Day 8 Baltra Island
Arrive back in Baltra Island and fly back to Quito in Ecuador for your post cruise night in the city.